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Please contact us if you have any specific questions, but below are some helpful answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I start racing?
The Volkswagen Racing Cup is an ideal place for the newcomer to racing to feel welcome, quickly learn the ropes and come up to speed alongside a mixture of novices and very experienced drivers. We list some pointers here…
The first thing you will need is your competition licence. The category required by the Volkswagen Racing Cup is a Race National B. Apply to the Motor Sports Association to receive your ‘Get Started in Motorsport’ pack.
You then need to book your ARDS test at a racing school. ARDS stands for the Association of Approved Racing Drivers Schools. The ARDS test has been compulsory for first-time applicants for racing licences for several years in order to try to introduce a minimum competence level across all newcomers to motorsport. For the driving section, you will receive time with an instructor in a road car, during which he will decide on whether you pass or fail on driving competence.
With medical, ARDS test and a cheque written, post it all off to the MSA, and your Race National B licence will be in your hands about a week later. You are now entitled to drive on test days on circuit, but before you can actually enter a race, you will need to join a club and register for the championship.
Before you enter your first race, it is always a good idea to get a few test days under your belt. Not only will this get you used to handling your car, you will also become aware of other cars up close around you at speed.
How much does it cost to race?
There’s no simple answer to this question! Of course, we all know that no motorsport comes cheap. To race at this level requires more than just talent and commitment. However, we do what we can to keep the costs as controlled as possible.
Entry fees are between £525.00 and £600.00 for a double header race weekend. Tyres costs are £209+vat for an 18” race slick. Most drivers budget on 2-4 new tyres per race weekend.
The cost of the car and your team support is where the costs can vary a great deal. When you take into account testing time, hotels, car repairs, technical development, top drivers will be spending anywhere between £20k-£50k for a full season.
How do I get a car?
Volkswagen Racing UK can prepare new racing cars to the Volkswagen Racing Cup specification (or indeeed any specification you require), you can prepare your own Volkswagen, or there are always good used cars for sale. These typically range from £15k to £30k. A good idea if you are looking for a car is contact us, as we are generally aware which cars are for sale at any time.
Another popular route is to hire a racing car, either for the full season, or for a single race. Again, best to contact us to discuss which cars are available, and likely costs.
Why upgrade my car with the RacingLine Motorsport and Performance parts?
No doubt about it, your Volkswagen is a second to none in its engineering. But of course, it is carefully developed to fulful a range of general requirements, for a range of different drivers.
There are some drivers who prefer to adapt their Volkswagen to suit the way they use their car, and to match their personal tastes. For many of these owners, modifying their car to their tastes is one of the most enjoyable aspects of ownership!
This is where the VWR RacingLine Motorsport and Performance parts range comes in. Through our race and track developments over the past decade, we have learned how best to enhance the performance and reliability of modern Volkswagens for enthusiast drivers. Of course, these parts are thoroughly developed and proven on track in the most demanding circumstances. Therefore you have the reassurance of the highest quality parts that will match to your vehicle and enhance your enjoyment of your Volkswagen.
Are these ‘official’ Volkswagen Group Parts?
No. These are developed as performance-enhancing parts for the Volkswagen Racing programme, and so are not official VWG parts, and they do not have VWG part numbers. As specialist parts, this is why they are only available via Volkswagen Racing.
Is manufacturer’s warranty affected?
Yes, for those aspects of the engine and drivetrain that the manufacturer can prove were affected by any upgrade, any warranty claim will be rejected. All other aspects of the vehicle’s warranty should remain unaffected. Any parts from our range that are faulty or incorrectly installed will be replaced by us. Please note that this range of parts is intended for use within the United Kingdom, if you intend to use the car elsewhere it is your responsibility to establish the situation with regard to your manufacturer/other warranty.
Are these homologated road parts?
No. In common with other modifications after the point of registration of the car, these parts are not included as part of the homologated specification of your new Volkswagen. Hence should you choose to use them on a car that will be used on the public hightway they are generally deemed as ‘modifications’ by most insurance companies, and you are required to notify them whenever you fit such parts. Similarly, they can only be fitted to vehicles that are already registered, or are for use off the private road such as motorsport or track use. See note above concerning warranty also. Please note that this range of parts is intended for use within the United Kingdom, if you intend to use the car elsewhere it is your responsibility to establish the situation with regard to the legality of usage of these parts.
Where can I buy items from the Volkswagen Racing Merchandise range?
All of the items from the VWR Teamwear and Merchandise range are available through this website, via our webshop. These can be delivered anywhere in the world.
You can also order directly from any Volkswagen Retailer in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
Alternatively, you can order directly from Volkswagen Racing UK in Blakelands, Milton Keynes. Please contact us using the ‘contact us’ section of the website.
Also, we have a network of trusted sales partners around the world, all of whom can supply our merchandise range. Please see our ‘find a dealer’ section of this website.
Where can I buy items from the VWR RacingLine Motorsport and Performance Upgrade parts range?
The full RacingLine parts range is available through the agents listed on the ‘find a dealer’ section of this website. We have a worldwide exclusive distribution agreement with our partners APR to distribute the RacingLine range through its global sales agent network.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance finding your local supplier. However, we do not supply RacingLine parts directly from Volkswagen Racing UK.
If you need full-race parts for a competition car, we do supply our competition parts and advice directly as these are more specialised parts and requirements. Please use the ‘contact us’ section of this website to contact us for your race-car parts requirements.